• Duckett Funeral Home of J. S. Waterman
    Sudbury, MA
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
Donald A Wright 1941 - 2013
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Paula, I only recently learned of Don's passing. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I am but a patron of the McDonald's Restaurant in Walpole, often stopping by on my way home to RI from Boston. In fact I am sitting here now and am still impressed by the appearance, cleanliness and attentiveness of the staff (not to mention the landscaping). It's a fitting tribute and legacy to your late owner. My sincere condolences to Mr. Wright's family and all who were touched by his many good deeds and business acumen which went hand in hand.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Paula, I am so sorry for your lost. I have had Don on my mind for many weeks and last night I started looking for him and found that he had passed. He was one of my best friends, and I will miss him so much.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Dear Paula & Don Jr.& Family:
We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Please accept our deepest & belated sympathy to all of you.
We will always remember how much fun he was at the Mc'Donalds meetings
and the many conventions we attended together.He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you and your family

All our love & prayers
Ed and Mary Sabath
Andrea & David Sabath
Westlake, Ohio 44145
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I was hoping I might see Don this morning standing in the middle of the food court at his establishment on the Mass Pike. Instead I was stunned and saddened to read of his passing in a tribute posted on the wall. A man with such energy and so full of life; He was always ready with a smile and a story. Such a tremendous loss for his family and anyone that knew him. A great family man, a great business man, and just a very generous human being. My sympathy to his loved one.
Tom Keating
Monday, February 18, 2013
Dear Paula and Donald Jr.

Belated condolences. Was out of down at time of Don's passing. Only now aware of sad happening. Hard to believe. Don was so full of life and vitality. His and your good works and sincere endeavor will be long remembered. May I recall one such gesture of personal and communal importance, of which even close friends and family might not be aware.

You may not be familiar with the scenario concerning the Menorah lit up each year concurrent with your Christmas display. Don sought permission from McDonalds' and MA highway authority to do so. His and my efforts were admistratively frustrated, but Don didn't accept no for an answer and decided to have it set-up anyway. It was delivered from NJ by four Orhtodox Jews who installed it. Don invited them in for food and drinks, which they graciously refused because of religious observance.

It may be considered insignificant, but many did notice it and were profoundly appreciative of Don's gesture. There is no other such Menorah along the Mass Pike.

Though Don and I had arranged to split the bill for the Menorah, Don refused to accept my check. He asked me to donate it in his name to a charity of my choice. When told of my donation to a fund supporting an Ethiopian family in Israel with seven young children, their father disabled and a son severely wounded while serving in an elite combat brigade, Don sent me another check to send the family.

Those and other memories of Don will be with me always. Please pass on my and my wife Ronnie's condolences to Donny and your family.

Not least to say about Don was the great respect he earned from his associates. Should there be a memorial occasion honoring Don, please invite us to attend.

Sincerely,

Roy and Ronnie Pologe
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Dear Paula,
We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing from Barry and Pam Lathan. Please accept our sincerest condolences. We'll continue to hold fast to our time together, several years ago, golfing in CA.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
To the Wright family:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. I grew up in Boston and will always remember a road trip we all took to Delaware State for Homecoming when Butch was a student there.
My prayers are with the entire family.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Paula,Donnie and Family
There are no words however heartfelt that can ease your sorrow, but may it strenthen you to realize that those who care are near in heart.
I will always cherish the memories of Don being my supervisor at ACTION, he was like a big brother I never had, oh how I looked up to him as being my mentor. He believed in me, giving me leadership assignments and promoted me many times for my hard work, what a "fantastic supervisor".
Don's absence will be felt by many for many years to come.
With deepest sympathy and love
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
To the Wright Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. He was a very nice man who always made me smile when speaking with him. I am very sorry for your loss.

Amy Walsh, Honey Dew Associates
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Paula and Donnie:, So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I always joked with him about growing up on Jerome st. I will never forget the day he walked into Tulleyl
Bmw, still the highlight of my career. Our world is a better place because Don came through "God Speed"

Derrick Alleyne(formerly Tulley BMW)
Hassel BMW Freeport NY
Monday, January 21, 2013
I am deeply saddened by the passing of the Great Mr. Donald Wright. I met him only twice but he truly left an imprint on my life and that of my husband. His encouragement of our professional endeavors was so kind. He was a gentle giant.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
My deepesp, heartfelt condolences to Paula, Donny and Marta.



















there is a song that most befits Dons life. "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain". Don certainly lived this song by always helping people. Rest In Peace my friend, I love you.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
It was always a treat to be in Don's presence with his huge warmth and humor and kindness. Peter and I send our deepest sympathies to you and Donny and family.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Don did what he always wanted to do and helped a lot of people along the way. He has justly earned his rewards with the Lord.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Auntie Paula and Donny I am so sorry that I could not make it but you are in our prayers and in our hearts!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Paula & Donny,

Our prayers are with all of you at this time. We are very sorry for your loss and will never forget the help you gave me.

Celeste Spencer & family
Monday, January 14, 2013
Paula, Donny, and family. We are thinking and praying for you all. May God comfort you all. We are so fortunate to have known such an awesome man.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to you, Paula and Donny. Meredith and I and all our children have such fond memories of the good times we had with the three of you. The comaradere our infamous "Marching Chowder Society" enjoyed during our Waterville Valley meetings will never be forgotten. Don's war cry of "Lordy Lordy Lordy" will forever ring in our hearts!

Much love from Jim, Meredith, Jim Jr., Laurel, David and Becky
Monday, January 14, 2013
Dear Paula & Donnie:
We were saddened to hear of Don's passing. Although many years have passed since we last saw you, we will always remember the fun times we shared with you, the Shaws, and the rest of the "folks" that were hanging out in Sudbury/Framingham back in the 80's. Don gave me my first lesson in buying a house (location, location, location). We also got a kick out of him saying "Lawd, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd, Lawd". We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Eddie Esteves and Debbie Shaw-Esteves
Monday, January 14, 2013
Paula and Donnie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Dear Paula and Donny

May you find comfort in knowing Don made "Great Happen" for many. He touched many with his wit, smile, and love for his fellow man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Sincerely
Don M Rose, Boston
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Dear Paula and Donny,
Don was a great guy and he will be missed dearly. We will miss his kindness, sense of humor and his infectious laugh. Our thougths and prayers are with your family.

Sincerely,
Sunday, January 13, 2013
A mountain of a man with a heart of gold. His care and love for his family and friends, employees and business colleagues will never be matched. Don's life illustrates that love never dies.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
So sorry for your loss. You will be loved, missed and remembered.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Dear Donald's family,
We are so sorry for your loss! Donald was a great man! We will keep you in our prayers.
Eric Rocha & family.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Paula,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
DEAR MRS. WRIGHT, SORRY TO HEAR OF DON'S PASSING. DID NOT KNOW DON VERY WELL. WE MET IN CAPE VERDE. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND FAMILY.PEACE AND LOVE.
AUGIE RAMOS, NANTUCKET
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Paula and Family So sad to hear that Don has left to be with The Lord May you all find comfort in knowing he is in a better place.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Paula, So sorry for your loss. Don was a wonderful guy, lots of fun and will be sorely missed.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Dear, Paula, Donny & Family,

Don was the kind of person who made everyone around him better. The world is a better place thanks to him.
Our deepest sympathies.

Mike & Lana Ortins
Sunday, January 13, 2013
"To laugh often and much,to win respect of honest people...to have the affection of children...to appreciate beauty and find the best in others...to leave the world a bit better,to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,this is to have succeded."-(Emerson)
Character may be defined by good deeds.Mr.Wright's character is as deep as his baritone and as tall as his reach.Don's good deeds touched many who knew him and those in need.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
To the Family of Donald A. Wright,
On behalf of the Embassy of Cape Verde in Washington, D.C., and on my own, I extend deepest condolences and profound solidarity on the passing of Donald Wright.
May his soul rest in peace!
Maria de Fatima Lima da Veiga
Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde to the US
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Dear Paula,
Deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends at Don's loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts daily.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Dear Paula and Donnie, We were so sorry to hear of Don's passing.Our prayer are with you and the family. He will be sadly missed by all.
Tina Black and Family
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to Paula, Donny, Gerry, and family.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear, Paula, Donnie and Family,
Our Prayers are with you and your family!
Don was one of those "Special People that touched so many lives!"
We shall remember his Life and Keep him in our Prayers!
Dan and Katie Hurley
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and Family,

We are shocked and saddened to hear about Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed in our McDonald's family. Hold onto the beautiful memories you shared as a family.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula & Donny, we are so sorry to hear of Butch's sudden passing, left us all shocked & sad. He is at peace now, he was a good man. God bless you all, please extend our sympathy to all family members, you are in our thoughts & prayers. Love cousins, Katie & Joe Cabral
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Paula, just heard of Don's passing a few moments ago. I called my mother and she is sad to learned of the news. On behalf of my mother, Jackie and my family, please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of good friend, great husband, best father and grandfather and an exceptional man. It has been many years since we saw Donald and his passing makes us realize we should have been in contact much earlier. god bless you and your family.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
DEAR PAULA
Words can't express my heartfelt sympathies to you and family at such a time as this. hold on to the memories
I sure will. VISTA a co-worker.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula and Family,

Rob and I are praying for you and your family during this time in the hopes you find peace in knowing that Don has touched us and many others with his zest for life, his ready smile and warm nature. We miss him and know he will be with us in spirit. Blessings, Robert and Link Sabrina Williams
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula and family, Cousin "Butch" has inspired me throughout my life. His memory will always bring a smile to my heart and motivate me to pursue my dreams. My prayers are with you.

Rev. Dr. David A Spencer
The Worship Center Int'l Inc.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Condolences to Paula, Donnie, Gerry, Katy, Ronnie, Michael, Judy and the rest of the Family. Butch was a wonderful person who was full of Joy. He loved his Family. He loved People. He will be truly missed by us all. Love from your cousins Marcia and Jimmy
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula,Donnie and family,

There are no words at such a sad time. Don was a wonderful man with a smile and laugh that was contagious. He will be greatly missed by all and please know that we will continue to keep him and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Don was a shining beacon of what we all should strive to be. With joy and zest, he lived his life to serve others and left this world a better place. You are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.
Your neighbors,
Marcia & Bill "Smitty" Smith
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and family
My heart is saddened..words cannot express ....I will forever hold the memories in my heart of times spent with you all...love you all
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.Just remember his legacy: hard work but always with a joyful sense of humor. A great husband,father and friend to all who knew him! God bless all the Wright family.
Michele,Bob and the entire Hogan family.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dear Paula & Donnie,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Don was a very kind and generous man. He will always be remembered for all of his achievements and all he has done to help others. May fond memories be with you always. God Bless
Love,
Doris Carmo & Family, Robyn, Carla, Andrea, Vicki & Billy, Jr.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I was blessed with a cousin like you. While it's been a while, our teenage tears are just a memory away. Find Aunt Lucille, she there with Nana,your Mom and Dad and all those who went home before you.
Paula my love and prayers for you.
Bootsie
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and Family

Don was a blessing to his family, friends, community and DSU.

My family and I really enjoyed his hospitality at the annual New Year Day Parties.

I will cherish his memory as a kind person, friend and classmate st DSU.

Love Allen, Gale, Erick Hamilton and Family
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and Family
We are so sorry to hear about Don's passing.
He was such wonderful person to be around always kind and happy, truly a gentleman. We will miss him.
We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family at this difficult time.
Chris & Eva Trefz
Friday, January 11, 2013
Paula, Donny, and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Don had such a lust for life and always welcomed me into his restaurant with a smile. His enthusiasm for the business was contagious. May you find peace and comfort in your many wonderful memories.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Paula and Donny- we have you in our prayers as we mourn the passing of Don. He was an impact player in so many ways. Surrounded by friends and family and joyous to a fault. He will be missed.
The King Tunis family- Bob, Sandra, Cortney, Brad and Tim
Friday, January 11, 2013
Always a warm smile , always encouraging , funny , real , an extraordinary Gentleman . I wonder what his next assignment will be ... To miss him is natural , real glad to have known him even for a little while !!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dear Paula and Family,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. The entire Boston and MetroWest community has lost a great pioneer, leader, mentor, and stalwart member. - Mary and Orlando
Friday, January 11, 2013
Paula and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember him and his family when growing up in West Medford, Ma. He was a lovely, fun guy and
he will be sorely missed by many!
Gale Fulton Ross
Sarasota, Florida
Friday, January 11, 2013
To the Wright Family: Condolences to you on the loss of your husband and father. My husband and I are frequent customers at one of his McDonald's stores; although we never had the pleasure of meeting him, I can tell he was the wonderful man talked about elsewhere by the caliber of his employees at our store - they are as kind, caring, and cheerful as Mr. Wright has been described. I pray his legacy continues; it's the most valuable remembrance of him.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie, Marta, Junior, Bryan, Kethleen, Family and Friends, we will miss Don's great enthusiasm for life and his wonderful spirit. God Bless....Sabrina and Robert C. Williams, Jr.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I did not know Don, but through your beautiful obituary, feel that our community has lost a special man. May others follow his example as a testament to a life lived so generously.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dear Paula and Family
We are deeply sorry for your lost. Don was a very caring person who never forgot his roots and community. We will miss him and you and your family will be in our prayers. Al and Socorro Holland
Friday, January 11, 2013
Paula and Donnie, your husband and father was a student of mine at DSC and a good friend. He will always be remembered as someone who was bigger than life who brought joy and warmth into the room with his laughter and presence. He will be surely missed. Coach Don Blakey and wife Delores
Friday, January 11, 2013
Paula, You have my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. I am deeply saddened by your loss. Don was a great Man! I will cherish the memories of the times we spent together.
Carlos ( Calu Bana)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Mr Wright was a gentlemen. Although we did not know each other personally he always took the time to say hello when I would see him in one of his McDonalds. We even talked about the McDonalds business one time while waiting for gas.
My sympathy to his family on his passing.
A Customer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula and Family,
You are in thought and prayers. Don was truely one of the good guys who helped so many people. All of the good he did for so many will be remembered for many years to come.
God Bless-
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula and Donnie: Jim and I are deeply sorry for your loss. We will always remember Don's kindness to our family during our time in the Boston area many years ago. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you experience God's peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.

Jim & Edith Rice (Charlotte, NC)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula, Donnie and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Don. He was a kind and generous soul. May he rest in peace.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula, Donnie and family.

This is the most difficult message for me to compose. Both you and Don opened many doors for me and my family and I wish that I could tell Don one more time how grateful we are for his friendship and support.

My prayers are with you during these difficult days. God bless you all.

Sincerely,
Marv, Beryl, Alana and Brenton West
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I was so very sorry to hear about Don's passing. I am related to Donald through his mother, Mary Britto. My Dad was Richard P. Cruz (the Cruzs of Wareham, MA). My Family (Bill, Brandy and Megan Middleton) and I extend our deepest sympathy to Don's family. As I am in Los Angeles, I will send a donation to DSU. Cheryl A. Cruz Middleton
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Dearest Paula,
Elsie and I send you the love and peace at this moment. I am saddened to have lost such a wonderful friend and we cherish each moment that we've had with you and Don. Don was indeed a very special person. We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives. We love you.... more than you'll ever know.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"Paula and Donnie, so very sorry for your loss. Don was such a great fun loving Gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Don's passing is such a great loss to so many of us, I am holding Paula and Donny in prayer as well as everyone whose life he has touched. Over the past couple of days as I reminisce of times with Don whether work, play dinner... I cannot wipe the smile off of my face. Thank you Don for so very very much! "Take Care Guy"!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula, my heart is with you in the sadness of having to say good-bye to a wonderful gentleman. In sympathy and friendship - today and all the days ahead. Darea Chappelle (Washington, DC)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
There aren't many people in this world like Don Wright. His death leaves a deep heartache and a void that will take time to heal. I can only assume that God really was ready for him to retire from his work here on earth. I will always treasure his love, his great laugh, his humor and his generosity. My prayers go out to his loving family and friends at this difficult time.

Edna Piper - Delaware State University
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I was shocked and saddened when Katherine called me to say that Don had passed away. I very much enjoyed the time I was able to spend with him and he will truly be missed. Paula and Donnie, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I have been thinking of you and remembering my. Fun times with Don. wishing you peace at this sad time.With. Deepest sympathies,
Michael Underwood
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Paula and Don,
Words cannot express the heartfelt sadness we feel on Don's passing.

We are so happy we had the opportunity to spend fun time with you last week.

Sincerely,

Pat and Jim Long
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Uncle Butch,
You had a life that was lived the way you planned. You were always leaning forward and dared everyone else to follow. Hurry home, for God awaits you. Aunt Paula and Donnie, weep not so long, for he is in Our Father's arms and with Nana, Grandpa, and Uncle Kevin. Let me know if there is anything you need. Our families' prayers are with you all.
Love
Luzviminda Hamlett
Arthur Hamlett
James Hamlett IV (in Japan)
Luzviminda (H) Ramirez (in Germany)
and myself
James III
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula, Donnie and family. God will be
your anchor during this difficult time.
Paula, you are all well-loved and may
God Be With you.
Rosalind (Roz) Johnson
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It is truly hard to believe that one of our gang: from retreats at his winter home in NH, to the Marching Chowder Society; to many golf outings; to poker nights; to his dog named Sid; to infinite meetings (co-op/pr/roab/etc/etc/etc); to dinner & drinks out; to real friendship and comraderie;
is not physically with us anymore.
To Lafayette Place...Causeway Street...Norwood 2 (with my sign..)...Mass. Pike and real success...
To chance meetings in Florida and various McDonald's...
I can only wish Paula & Donny our most profound and heartfelt and tearful best wishes and sympathy.
He was a special...warm...gregarious...generous...loving human being. He will be missed every day.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thought and prayers for Mrs. Wright and family. Heard of Don's passing while working Tuesday night in the Acton McDonald's store. I work for RMHC as a charity collector.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Paula, Donnie and family, our sincere condoleances.
We still remember Don's laugh and how interested and impressed he was during our trip to Romania and Croatia. Also our stay at your house in White Mountains and the nice time we spend over there.
Our thoughts are with you in this hard days.
Fam.Geuvi Peereboom
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Our deepest condolences from the PAR Technology Family
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Dear Paula. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Don's "big personality" will always be with us. Your grace always inspires us. Let us know if there is any way we can help you through this difficult time and in the days ahead.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Paula & Donny
We wish to express our sincere condolences to you & your family. We will keep you all in our prayers. Don will be truly missed.
David & Barbara White
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
God Bless the Wright Family,Homecoming at DSU will never be the same,Don used to work with my father for the Government, Don and I had a great time talking about the old days at Vista.He will be missed.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula, Don And Family -

I grew up with your family as an extension of my own shortly after I began to remember things in kindergarten at Meadowbrook - that only continued through the years to adulthood. Big Don was always a beacon of warmth and welcoming every time we saw him - a truly great guy. I'm so glad my two young sons got a chance to spend time with him this past fall at dinner at Don Jr.'s house. We mourn your loss deeply and celebrate the time we spent together.

With respect and love, Matt and the Mittelstadt's
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula & Donny Jr.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort over the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
Don was one of a kind and so full of life and always a smile on his face.
God bless and comfort you,
Joan Binford ( Beverly, MA )
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula, Donny and Family,
We are schocked and saddend by Don's sudden passing. Our hearts ache for you, as Don was full of life, and always abounding in generosity. He will be greatly missed as a regular customer in the Barber Shop. Paula you will remain in our prayers and may the grace of God give you the strength and comfort that you need at this most difficult time Psalms 55:22 promises that he will sustain you.
With much love
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Donnie:
I feel so blessed to have been a good friend of Don. He knew how to live life at it's fullest and his love, generosity, and caring was infectious. He was indiscriminate in his love for others, regardless of their "status" in life. I believe that his only goal was to share his love of life with everyone who touched his life. I have comfort in knowing that in these last few years, he had decided to start to enjoy some of the benefits of all of his years of hard work. What is truely magnificent about this wonderful man is that he knew how to live life to the fullest, but also, for everyone he was in contact with, he made sure that while they were with him, they also lived life to the fullest. I can't remember a time that I was with him where I was not laughing - and it was a true "belly laugh". His enjoyment of life was infectious and he went out of his way to make sure that everyone around him was enjoying "the moment"
Don was truly an example of how to live life to the fullest and because of his love, sincerity, caring, and benevolence, he made sure that anyone he was in contact with would feel the same....enjoying life to the fullest.
I am so happy knowing that he spent the last few months on his boat with Donny Jr. exploring the Southern Waters of the U.S. and really enjoying the "fruits of his labor!"
Don was a man who showed me "unconditional love" and he was always ready to do anything he could to help me and support me in any way that he could.
When I looked at him, I saw a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Few people are so lucky as to have a man like this as a father, grandfather, or just a good friend.
What a wonderful legacy he has left behind.
We should all be challenged to live our lives as Don did, with the unconditional love that he shared with many of us.
I cannot remember a time that I was with Don, where I was not laughing.
Don brought out the best in everyone that he touched and he will be deeply missed.....he was called away from us much too soon.
I now feel that it is an obligation to "carry on" the good work that he did throughout his life by sharing and caring about everyone he met.
Don leaves a legacy that is hard to follow, but a legacy that if more of us devoted ourselves to following, we would certainly create a better world.
To me....Don has left us with a challenge to be the best people that we can be and to share everything we have, with whoever we come in contact with.
Through Don's wonderful example, i hope that I can develop the talent to help others become the best that they can be!
Don was always focused on this, as well as being focused on helping people enjoy life to the fullest.
I loved this man so deeply and will do my best to repay him for his kindness and generosity by sharing the same with those I meet.
Don had such an unbelievable amount of respect and love for others. He was always looking at how he could help others be successful. He loved and admired his managers in his McDonald's stores and he was always there, emphasizing to them how much he cared for them. When he was away from the franchise, he was alway quick to give recognition to hiw wonderful managers of the "stores."
I can only say that his death is an unbelievable loss to me - he was always a "rock" to me, as I know he was to many others
I feel very blessed to have known Don (and Paula) for many years and to have had the opportunity to share a number of Summers on Martha's Vineyard with them.
Don is the one person that I know who truly gave "unconditional love" to the people he met and became friends with. For that, I will always be grateful.
Don.....I wish you peace in Heaven and I fully expect you to come to all of us and share with us your "secret" to how to live life to the fullest!
I want to thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and mentorship to me! I will miss you so much!
Please guide me to be the best person that I can be and continue to share you love and guidance to me.
You a person who has made a significant difference in my life and I thank you so very much for your love, support, guidance, and friendship.
I hope you will stay with me and guide me to be the best person I can be and to share all of my achievements with others, who may be less fortunate.
I must say, that I think God may have made a mistake in taking you so early in your life. I can only hope that God will find a way to "re-incarnate" you and send you out to help others live life to the fullest, as you have always done.
I have always held such a deep respect for you and I have always utilized you as a very powerful and positive role model.
Thank you for your kindness and your love and caring of me and Tim. We will cherish the wonderful time we have spent with you and never forget your unconditional love and humor.
Don, we love you from the bottom of our hearts and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers....as will be Paula, Donny Jr. and his family.
Thank you for always sharing all of yourself with me and being such a wonderful friend and role model!
I will miss you so very, very much!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula,Donnie and family, we are so sad for your loss. We feel honored to have know your family over the past several years. We have you all in our prayers. God Bless. Jan and Dave Hamilton (Maine)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Donny, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Don will be remembered as a nice and funny guy!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
May God keep you and hold you and the family together at such a time as this. Prayers and supplication on behalf of my family to yours. Don was such a wonderful man that many were proud of knowing. We enjoyed each inspirational and funny moment we had with him. He was truly a "light" to all who knew him. He will truly be missed.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Donnie my heart goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May peace be with you in the coming weeks. I am honored to have known such a wonderful man with such a big heart. RIP Don.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
My heartfelt condolences to Paula and the family. I had the opportunity to meet Don during a trip to Cape Verde in 2007 and grew extremely fond of his work and compassionate attitude towards the community. He touched many lives for the better and examplyfied what a true capeverdean is and should be. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and may you find comfort in his infectious laughter and cheerful nature that has always brought joy in everyone's lives that he crossed.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
With deepest sympathy and shock at Don's sudden passing. My prayers to Paula, Don Jr and family. He was a great example of the McDonald's family.

Paula Maus
Boston Reegion
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I am really sorry for my grandfathers loss but we all need to be strong and happy for the love and caring things he did, and gave us
love kethleen
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
On behalf of Leslie and myself, members off Nashawtuc we will miss Don. He was a beaming light and we were fortunate to know him.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula..... I am so sorry for your loss. I have been Judy's good friend since we met way back at Fenway Park in the bleaches.
Joy Azar
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Auntie Paula & Donny!

I know you're gonna missed my uncle/godfather Butch & so am I,but at least he is gonna be in Heaven smiling down! I remember I always used to come over to buy him gifts he'd like! May he R.I.P! God Bless!

Love Javiel Alvarez from Fitchburg,Ma
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
PAULA OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY .WHEN DONALD WAS IN MAYNARD WE ALWAYS JOKE WITH HIM ABOUT WERE HE 'S BEEN OR SOME THING STUPID ONE OF US DID HE WAS A GREAT GUY,AGAIN OUR CONDOLENCE'S BEN AND JO MAYNARD MICKY D'S
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Auntie Paula & Donny!

I know you're gonna missed my uncle/godfather Butch & so am I,but at least he is gonna be in Heaven smiling down! I remember I always used to come over to buy him gifts he'd like! May he R.I.P! God Bless!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Donnie, I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a great man! He will always live in our hearts!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
PAULA AND DONNIE: SO SORRY TO HEAR OF BUTCHIE'S PASSING. MAY YOUR MEMORIES COMFORT YOU IN THE DAYS AHEAD. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. The fun memories of Don over the years are too numerous to mention. His smile, laugh, bear hugs, bubbly enthusiasm and wonderful spirit will live on in our hearts. He touched so many people. God bless you.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and Donny, Don made a mark in our life , we always be missing him
All of your family are in our prayers .....
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and Donnie: As you know me and Don go all the way back to the Cathedral Projects, then DSC, and beyond. My heart is very heavy now and my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I don't know what I can do for you but if you need me in any way I'll be really hurt if you don't get in touch with me. DON will be missed by so many. You and Donnie will be in my prayers. Albie Rue (Randolph)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug and Terry Rodman
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Family: My sincere sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time, may you find peace.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula, Donny and Butch's brothers and sisters. we grew up as one family. Don was my big brother. I love him forever. WE know your loss is great but I believe he will do great things in heaven. Let the love of the Lord comfort you.
your cousin "Sandy" Rev ashanti wright
Lakewood , WA
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and Donny,
We are so saddened by the unexepected passing of cousin "Butch". Please accept our sincere condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. He leaves a tremendous legacy. Regrets that we didn't spend more time together in this life. Will always appreciate his assistance with my admission to Brandeis U. many years ago and the start of my career with IBM.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Don was "larger than life" to most who knew him. Heaven will never be the same. My deepest sympathies Paula and Donny Jr. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and Donnie, We have many great memories of time spent with the three of you. Great memories of Don will live on with us. We are praying that the next few weeks will bring peace of mind as you reflect on what a great friend he was to all. George and Edie Lydick (Falmouth, ME)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The Hajjar and King families are hearbroken at the loss of Don. He filled a room and was a special person to our family. He will be missed.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
You have left a big hole, in which noone can fill. I have lost a father, friend, and mentor. I am still waiting for you to pop up and say "Hohoho guy"
Thanks for all the memories.
Love Linda
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula, Donny and Family – We send our heartfelt condolences to you. We will remember Don for his kind fun-loving life-of-the-party personality. He always kept us laughing and for that special gift we loved him dearly.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Don was always a joy to be around. He had such a great passion for the business. Whenever we were in his presence we learned something new about building the brand and business, He will be greatly missed personally and professionally. We will continue to keep Paula and Donny Jr. in our prayers.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and Donnie and family,our sincere condolances. We still hear the echo of Don's voice when he visited us in Europe now 20 years ago. We hope that dear memories may comfort you and your family.
Fam. Alle Peereboom
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Mrs. Paula,
your husband helped so many peoples and we are very sorry and pray for you and your family. Traudi Coli "Schooner Ernestina"
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Donnie, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. I was blessed to know Don for many years and every time he saw me, he made me feel like a very dear friend. He was one of a kind. Where my father is buried, there is an inscription that reads "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die". I know Don will live in your hearts forever. My prayers are with you and your family.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula and Family - My prayers are for you at this difficult time. The Community lost a dear friend, but for you and your family, I can just imagine how difficult it is. Please know that you are not alone and may God bring you comfort and give you strength to continue his legacy. Gunga Tavares
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Paula, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Don. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts through this difficult time. We will miss him.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Dear Paula and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace and the comfort of friends during this very difficult time.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
The best person you could have as a true friend, We will miss him greatly. "God Bless you Paula and your family".
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Paula and Donnie: We are so Sorry for your lost. Don was an Awesome Gentleman, that we remember very well from many Christmas Parties at Maureen and Ralph's home in Concord. We have Pleasant memories of him at Papa's party as well. Our thoughts and Prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
DON AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 50 YEARS, IWORKED FOR DON AT HIS FIRST MCDONALDS ON CAUSEWAY STREET, AND HELPED WITH HIS PARENTS AT HIS HOME. DON WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP OTHERS AND FOR THAT HE WAS LOVED. DON, PAULA AND DONNY WERE A GREAT FAMILY. DON WAS ALSO GOD-FATHER TO MY DAUGHTER LORI, HE ALWAYS ENJOYED HEARING HER SING. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. MY DEEPEST, HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO THE WRIGHT FAMILY.
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